|Publication number||US6908358 B2|
|Application number||US 10/660,511|
|Publication date||Jun 21, 2005|
|Filing date||Sep 12, 2003|
|Priority date||Sep 11, 2003|
|Also published as||CA2440651A1, EP1516656A1, EP1516656B1, US20050059314|
|Publication number||10660511, 660511, US 6908358 B2, US 6908358B2, US-B2-6908358, US6908358 B2, US6908358B2|
|Original Assignee||Mon-Sheng Lin|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (8), Classifications (5), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to bubble blowers and, more particularly, to a thin-layer bubble blower, which has a thin-layer container of thickness within 2˜6 mm for holding a bubble solution.
2. Description of the Related Art
Conventional bubble blowers are commonly comprised of a container for holding a bubble solution, and a bubble-blowing bar for blowing the bubble solution into bubbles. The containers of conventional bubble blowers may be made having any of a variety of shapes to attract children. However, these containers are commonly have a cylindrical shape of diameter greater than 10 mm. Due to space occupation, these containers cannot be used or matched with other articles or ornamental devices to add the value.
The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is the main object of the present invention to provide a thin-layer bubble blower, which has a thin-layer container of thickness within 2˜6 mm for holding a bubble solution. According to the present invention, the thin-layer bubble blower comprises a thin-layer container of thickness within 2˜6 mm, the thin-layer container defining a flat liquid chamber for holding a bubble solution and an opening in communication with the flat liquid chamber, and a bubble-blowing bar for blowing said bubble solution into bubbles, the bubble-blowing bar having a rubber stopper, which seals the opening of the thin-layer container after insertion of the bubble-blowing bar into the flat liquid chamber. The thin-layer container may be provided with an open frame for holding a picture or card, or attached with an ornament. A labyrinth may be formed in the thin-layer container, which is made transparent.
Referring to FIGS. 1˜7, a thin-layer bubble blower in accordance with the present invention is shown comprised of a thin-layer container 1, and a flat bubble-blowing bar 2. Preferably, the thin-layer container 1 has a thickness about 2˜6 mm. The thin-layer container 1 is comprised of two flat cover plates 11 and 12, and male and female coupling means 13 respectively extended around the border of the flat cover plates 11 and 12 for joining the flat cover plates 11 and 12. When assembled, the thin-layer container 1 defines a flat liquid chamber 14 and an opening 15 disposed at the periphery in communication with the flat liquid chamber 14 through which the bubble-blowing bar 2 is inserted into the flat liquid chamber 14 to pick up bubble solution contained in the flat liquid chamber 14. The
The flat bubble-blowing bar 2 comprises a handle 22, a bubble-blowing element 21, and a rubber stopper 23 fixedly fastened to the handle 22 and spaced from the bubble-blowing element 21 at a distance for sealing the opening 15 of the thin-layer container 1. The bubble-blowing element 21 can be a rigid ring as shown in
Referring to FIGS. 10˜13, the thin-layer container 1 can be made having any of a variety of shapes, and fastened to a backboard 5 for use as an ornament.
In the aforesaid embodiments, the thin-layer container 1 is comprised of two flat cover plates 11 and 12 joined together and defining a flat liquid chamber 14 and an opening 15. Alternatively, the thin-layer container 1 can be made by vacuum molding, and then fixedly fastened to a backboard 5, which has an open frame 3 for holding a card 4 (see FIGS. 17˜19).
A prototype of thin-layer bubble blower has been constructed with the features of FIGS. 1˜19. The thin-layer bubble blower functions smoothly to provide all of the features discussed earlier.
Although particular embodiments of the invention have been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be limited except as by the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||446/16, 446/15|
|Sep 21, 2008||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Feb 4, 2013||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jun 21, 2013||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Aug 13, 2013||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20130621